One of the most eagerly anticipated days of the WWE calendar, the WWE Draft is now in the books. Between the October 11th episode of Friday Night SmackDown in Las Vegas and the October 14th episode of Raw in Denver, WWE Superstars found out what brand they were going to represent moving forward.
With the elimination of the wild card rule, WWE Superstars should find more brand exclusivity and a reason to be able to make their stay on their respective brand their own. Regardless of the results between the FOX and USA Networks, people are weighing in with positive and negative reviews from both parts of the WWE Draft. Here are 5 Favorite Picks From Raw (& 5 Favorite Picks From SmackDown).
10 Raw: Becky Lynch
From emerging victorious from the 2019 Royal Rumble match to winning both the Raw and Smackdown Women's Championships at first-ever all-female main evented WrestleMania (#Becky2Belts), "The Man" can now add #1 overall pick to her resume as she is going to Raw, and also secured the #1 overall pick for her brand for part 2 of the draft on Monday night.
If the accolades keep piling up for Becky Lynch then she will make those in the USA Network War Room very happy with their decision.
9 Smackdown: Bray Wyatt/The Fiend
The Fiend cost SmackDown the #1 overall pick due to interference in the Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns match to open SmackDown. That did not look like it mattered much to the FOX Network War Room, as they still invested a first-round pick to bring Bray Wyatt/The Fiend to Friday nights.
Having this character on a Friday evening show when (presumably) more families will be staying up late to watch with children will certainly be an interesting dynamic. Seeing how Fox will navigate those waters will be very intriguing to watch moving forward.
8 Raw: Street Profits
Raw is about to get all the smoke. Street Profits have been in a unique position over the last few months. While making purely backstage appearances on main roster programming, they have solely been wrestling on NXT mostly as the tag team champions of that brand.
Being picked to raw in the 4th round of the Smackdown portion of the WWE Draft was unexpected to some, but it looks as if there could be some big plans in the future for Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford.
7 SmackDown: The Miz
One of the most charismatic Superstars to touch a microphone is back on SmackDown. The Miz on FOX is probably one of the smartest decisions of the entire 2019 WWE Draft. There is copious potential for the reality TV star on FOX and numerous opportunities for Miz to branch out on this network as well.
We have seen The Miz take advantage of this with appearances on Total Divas, his reality show Miz and Mrs (with his wife Maryse) and hosting MTV's The Challenge. If Miz can parlay the same success onto the FOX networks it could spell a lot of money many ways.
6 Raw: Buddy Murphy
The Best Kept Secret is coming to Monday nights. Murphy's most notable moment this year was his accidental involvement in the storyline with who was attacking Roman Reigns, which turned into a great match between the two on the August 13th episode of SmackDown Live.
Hopefully USA executives realize what they have here and he is able to prosper on the red brand.
5 SmackDown: Bayley
The new SmackDown Women's Champion is staying put. With Charlotte Flair now on Raw, she has plenty of opportunities to flesh out the new character and look she debuted on last week's episode of Friday Night SmackDown.
Upon Bayley's entrance this past Friday, we saw her with a new haircut, deflating her "inflatable buddies", and referring to the WWE Universe as "bitches." This new attitude is part of a much-needed refresh for Bayley, and it will be interesting to see how this tweak in her character progresses on Friday nights.
4 Raw: Andrade and Zelina Vega
The surprises started early on Monday night. USA Network invested very heavily in Andrade and Zelina Vega, picking up the duo with the final pick of the first round sending them to Raw. A former NXT Champion, Andrade has certainly made a name for himself on the main roster since getting called up.
Additionally, Zelina is also talented in the ring and has been known to provide assistance to her business associate with a hurricanrana to his opponent on the outside. It is evident there will be big plans for these two as separation between these brands begins and Superstars places in line seem to flesh out.
3 SmackDown: Drew Gulak
A 205 Live mainstay, Drew Gulak now has the opportunity to shine on FOX on Tuesday nights.
The former WWE Cruiserweight Champion has put together many great matches on 205 Live and now has a much bigger platform to show the world what he can do.
2 Raw: EC3
EC3 getting drafted by Raw was not made on either Raw or Friday Night SmackDown broadcasts of the 2019 WWE Draft. Rather, he was drafted to the Raw brand on WWE.com after SmackDown concluded.
When EC3 first arrived back on NXT, many had high hopes for him and were looking forward to seeing what he would be able to bring. Ever since getting called up to the main roster he has been underutilized at best, being used in squash matches and background fodder in backstage segments.
Hopefully the 2019 WWE Draft can serve as a springboard for EC3 to gain some momentum on Raw and the powers that be backstage allow him to be the character the fans originally wanted to get excited about when he returned to NXT, to begin with.
1 SmackDown: Brock Lesnar
We have already seen the impact of The Beast on SmackDown, as this $1 billion deal between WWE and FOX had Brock Lesnar in an official wrestling match on broadcast television for the first time in 15 years.
Although a 10-second squash, it certainly opens the door for another opportunity to see Brock wrestle on Fox, especially with Cain Velasquez now in the picture. If they continue their program past the Crown Jewel pay-per-view event, seeing the two of them wrestle on Fox could be a major ratings grab.